Summaries and Results

Roger L. Emerson

in Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightenment

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780748625963
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653652 | DOI:
Summaries and Results

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This chapter discusses the politics, processes, and constraints of appointments. It observes that the patronage system worked as well as it did, and had the results it produced, partly because of the men who gave out jobs and acted as brokers. Generally, the patrons and managers were not bigots but men of some culture and even learning. It further observes that they recognized the need to improve Scotland and felt less compunction about changing things. They were men who were, in a way, outsiders — Mar, Montrose, Ilay, Bute, the Earl of Kinnoull, and even Henry Dundas spent much of their lives outside Scotland. It offers an example of the political life that was still possible in provincial regions which were largely independent in their internal affairs of the large countries into which they were integrated. It notes that this was Scotland's situation after the Union with England in 1707.

Keywords: appointments; patronage system; Scotland; Mar; Montrose; Ilay; Bute; Earl of Kinnoull; Henry Dundas; Union

Chapter.  13913 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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